STORM SAFETY INFORMATION....
WICHITA -- A Severe weather watch has been issued by the National Weather Service in Wichita for Barton County, adjoining counties, and a large portion of western and central Kansas.
There is a risk for strong to severe thunderstorms across the area this afternoon and evening...mainly west of I-135...or west of a Salina to Wichita to South Haven line.
Large hail to around golf ball size and damaging winds to around 70 mph will be possible. Locally heavy rainfall can also be expected with some of the storms...which may aggravate some minor low-land flooding
across the area. Chances for thunderstorms will continue overnight...However the risk for strong or severe storms will diminish after midnight.
In the interest of public safety, the following safety information is provided. A watch means conditions are favorable for severe weather development within the watch area. There is no cause for immediate concern, and you may go about your normal business.
Stay informed of the weather situation. Know your county, nearby cities, and local landmarks whether at home or on the road. Listen to weather radio or local media for updated weather information. A warning means a severe thunderstorm or tornado has been observed or is indicated by Doppler weather radar. If a warning is issued for your location, immediately put your emergency safety plan into action. ...
SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS MAY PRODUCE... Strong damaging winds...damaging downburst winds associated with a severe thunderstorm will be greater than 60 mph. Go indoors or into a basement or storm shelter and stay away from windows. Large hail...destructive hail associated with a severe thunderstorm will be greater than one inch in diameter.
Go indoors or into a basement and stay away from windows. Heavy rain...heavy rain may produce flash flooding quickly. Avoid low lying and poor drainage areas. Be cautious when driving at night as roads could be washed out. Turn around, don`t drown.
Deadly lightning...Lightning is a an underrated killer. When lightning threatens, get indoors and away from windows, stay away from trees or towers and avoid lakes and boats.
Know your county, nearby cities, and local landmarks whether at home or on the road. Listen to weather radio or local media for updated weather information.